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Gregory B. Garrett, DDS
2215 Delaney Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28403
Tel: (910) 763-3679
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Wilmington NC dental office Gregory B. Garrett, DDS is pleased to provide professional quality dental treatment to patients in Wilmington NC, Hampstead, Murraysville, Myrtle Grove, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Leland, Ogden, Kure Beach, Castle Hayne and the surrounging communities.  Dentist, Dr. Gregory Garrett specializes in adult dentistry, children's dentistry, family dentistry,  preventive & general dentistry and dental care for seniors. Dr. Gregory's dental clinic provides the following dental care services, dental implants, dental sedation, kids dentistry, dental sealants, restorative dental treatment, gum disease treatment, periodontal disease treatment, oral hygiene care, white dental fillings, dental crowns, dental root canal treatment, smile makeovers, KOR Deep Bleaching, professional teeth whitening, digital dental imaging, oral exams, teeth cleaning and complete dental care for seniors.
FAQ
Dentistry in Wilmington NC
Preventive Dental Care TipsMy 12-year-old likes to chew ice. Is this harmful?
Despite the hardness of tooth enamel, it can still break, sometimes easily. Eating “hard foods” such as popcorn, cracking nut shells with your teeth, and chewing on ice are some ways teeth can be chipped or cracked. Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel.

Why are soft drinks bad for your teeth?
Anything with sugar and acid attacks teeth. Examples include soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy. Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. Dentists even have a name for the damage it does – they call it “Dew Mouth.” These soften the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay. Parents, watch your kid’s consumption of these, because young children’s enamel hasn’t developed fully. This makes these drinks even more damaging for kids. As well as eliminating the above (or at least reducing their consumption), use a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after meals. Also, rinse your mouth with a high-quality dental mouthwash.

Tongue piercings seem to be a very bad idea. How bad?
Tongue piercings are very popular, but they can cause major problems for your oral health. They can fracture your teeth and make it much easier to get a nasty infection of the tongue and lips. Dentists have estimated that up to 40% of people who have metal rings or other oral piercings have had big problems from tooth fractures and infection.

Dental Fluoride - Teeth GrindingIs fluoride bad for you?
There is no problem with fluoride in small amounts, though excessive fluoride can cause irregularities in tooth enamel. Young children, especially, often swallow too much toothpaste while brushing. So parents, supervise your young kids while they brush. Kids (and even adults) often use way too much toothpaste (a pea-size drop is plenty). A little goes a long way.

I think I grind my teeth at night. What can I do about this?
Many patients who wake up with pain in their jaws or a nagging headache could be bruxing, or grinding their teeth, during sleep. Persistent bruxing can damage teeth and cause them to get shorter and shorter. It can also damage your temporomandibular (jaw) joints and even affect your hearing. If you suspect that you are a bruxer, tell your dentist. He or she may recommend a night guard or other oral appliance.

Oral Cancer Screening Wilmington NC
Does the doctor check for oral cancer?

Definitely! Dentists and hygienists are your first line of defense in detecting and treating oral cancer. Each year in the US, approximately 30,000 people are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with new cases annually approaching 300,000. In the US alone, a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. If you add the sub category of laryngeal cancers, the rates of occurrence (about 10,000 additional new cases per year) and death are significantly higher. However, the good news is, when found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90% cure rate.

Why is it important to have regular teeth cleaning?
Many patients aren’t aware that “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your teeth. Removing plaque is essential to preserving your teeth. It builds up on the tooth surfaces and between the teeth. Brushing and flossing are, of course, vital, but everyone needs their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Remember – only a dental hygienist can completely clean your teeth.

 

Dental Treatment Services Wilmington NC
2215 Delaney Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 763-3679
Gregory B. Garrett, DDS, PA
General Dentistry Wilmington NC 28403 - Dentist - Dental Office